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Graduate Admission

Whether your goal is to update your professional skills or advance your career, Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a graduate program that is right for you. With over 25 master degree programs to choose from, flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, and experienced faculty to provide the guidance you need to succeed – LRU makes earning your master’s degree a reality. Programs are offered across our three campuses and many are fully online, allowing you to begin in any semester and complete the program at a pace that fits your busy schedule.


Thank you for considering Lenoir-Rhyne University for your continued education – we are confident you have made the right choice. We strive to make our application and admission process as simple as possible. With your convenience in mind, we have outlined a step by step process which should assist you in submitting your graduate application and supporting documentation – and we are here to answer any questions you may have.


Lenoir-Rhyne University offers over 25 master degree programs across our three campuses in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia, South Carolina. Our comprehensive programs are designed to offer the flexibility and convenience you need to accommodate your busy schedule. Whether you choose to pursue your degree on campus or online, our experienced faculty and staff are here to offer the support you need to succeed.


At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we recognize that paying for your master’s degree is a top concern. Our staff is here to provide financial aid, payment plans, and other options to help all graduate students achieve their educational goals. Bridges to Dreams, Alumni Advantage, and LR Partners are programs specifically designed for current students, alumni and employees of our business partners - respectively - which offer tuition discounts and other benefits.


We welcome you to contact us and encourage you to ask questions. Our LR Admission team is ready to speak and/or meet one-on-one with all graduate students to make the application process as easy as possible. They are eager to provide the information and guidance you need to submit your application, develop a financial plan, and select the graduate program to best meet your goals.


“With the University Leadership program being offered fully online, it definitely helped me accommodate for my busy work schedule."

University Leadership


"The one-on-one attention you can receive from professors at Lenoir-Rhyne is the it factor for me, and that is what brought me here."

Bridges to Dreams Program

Stephen Brabandt

"My professors are very helpful and are approachable and accessible. They always answer my questions or help guide me through coursework and assignments."

Business Administration

"The Master of Science in Nursing program has better prepared me for my role as a nurse leader."


Consecutive years of enrollment growth

"I've always wanted to be a therapist, and being in a classroom with people who share my same goals and interests has confirmed for me I belong in this program."


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New campus renovation projects in the past 12 months

"While pursuing my master's degree, I have been able to balance a full-time job and a social life while completing courses at my own pace."

"The Master of Arts in Teaching program has opened more doors for my future."


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